|tabes dorsalis (dɔːˈsɑːlɪs)|
|Also called: locomotor ataxia a form of late syphilis that attacks the spinal cord causing degeneration of the nerve fibres, pains in the legs, paralysis of the leg muscles, acute abdominal pain, etc|
|[New Latin, literally: tabes of the back; see |
tabes dorsalis tabes dor·sa·lis (dôr-sā'lĭs, -sāl'ĭs)
A late form of syphilis resulting in hardening of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord and characterized by shooting pains, emaciation, loss of muscular coordination, and disturbances of sensation and digestion. Also called Duchenne's disease, locomotor ataxia, spinal atrophy.